February 16, 2011
Talking Points Memo reports that at a press conference this morning, Speaker John Boehner was
asked a rather obvious question based on this point:
If House Republicans succeed in cutting tens of billions of dollars in
discretionary spending over the next six months, some of the most
immediate victims will be federal employees, many of whose jobs will be
slashed as their agencies pare back.
You know what his answer was?
"So be it."
Yup, that's right. If the Republican budget cuts cost Americans their
jobs, the Republican response is "so be it."
It's time for progressives to offer a real alternative. America
needs to know what we stand for, what makes Democrats different from
Republicans, and our vision for moving America forward.
Join me in calling on Democrats to fight for a progressive
budget that has no cuts to vital programs, invests in jobs, and makes
the rich and corporations pay their fair share.
ADD YOUR NAME NOW
The budget fight is just beginning and it's going to be a big one.
Republicans are claiming they'll shut the government down if they don't
get their way. They're willing to cost even more Americans their jobs --
just so Republicans can make a political point in an attempt to hold
What Republicans don't understand is if Democrats stand together, we'll
win this fight.
The majority of America is on our side.
1) NO CUTS TO VITAL PROGRAMS
Americans don't want cuts to programs like Social Security, Medicare,
and others that keep seniors out of poverty and helps the struggling
Republicans are even going after the WIC program which provides
supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education for
low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants
and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
Are they serious? I guess, if more babies die in America because of lack
of food, John Boehner's response will be "So be
2) INVEST IN JOBS
Americans want strategic investments in jobs and job creation because
and getting more people back to work is actually the best way to reduce
the deficit. The President said it best when he unveiled his suggested
investments in job creation earlier this week: "We also have a
responsibility to invest in those things that are absolutely critical to
preparing our people and our Nation for the economic competition of our
time. We do this by investing in and reforming education and job
training so that all Americans have the skills necessary to compete in
the global economy. We do this by encouraging American innovation and
investing in research and development -- especially in the job-creating
industries of tomorrow such as clean energy. We do this by rebuilding
America's infrastructure so that U.S. companies can ship their products
and ideas from every corner in America to anywhere in the world."
3) EVERYONE PAYS THEIR FAIR SHARE
Middle class Americans and the poor are sick of carrying all the weight
when Washington talks about "shared sacrifice." It's time to make sure
that every American pays their fair share and that means repealing the
tax cuts for the rich and ending big business subsidies to industries
already making millions in net profits.
We must fight to end government subsidies to companies who like
Exxon/Mobil have record breaking profits while paying next to nothing in
ADD YOUR NAME TODAY
This will be a fight and we won't get everything we want -- but we
absolutely must fight. Because win or lose, Americans must see Democrats
fighting for them in Washington.
It's time to stand up and expose Republicans for caring more about
defeating Obama than creating jobs. And if exposing Republicans for who
they are costs Speaker John Boehner
his job, then so be it.
February 14, 2011
The threats to undermine Social Security continue. This week the
Wall Street Journal reported that four Senators, Crapo, Coburn, Conrad,
and Durbin(!), are meeting regularly on a plan to reintroduce the ideas
from the Deficit Commission that include raising the retirement age and
cutting Social Security benefits. Meanwhile, in the House, Rep. Cantor
says that Social Security is still on the table to be cut. We can't let
We want to make sure that Congress understands what they are doing when
they plan to cut the rug out from under working people who need Social
Security to support themselves, their families, and their communities.
That's why we are collecting stories from folks like you to share with
Congress and to put in TV ads for everyone to see. Yes! I have a Social Security story I want to
I don't have a Social Security story, but I'll
contribute $5 to put these stories on the air.
Social Security is a promise we made with each other to support one
another in retirement or in cases of disability. This promise is how we
keep our communities stable and secure when we need it most.
We will share these stories with Progressive Members of Congress to talk
about on the House and Senate floor, we will send your stories to all
Members of Congress, and we will use some stories for a TV ad to make
sure that everyone knows the faces of people who depend on Social
Yes! I want to make sure members of Congress hear my
I don't have a Social Security story, but I'll
contribute so that others' stories can be shared.
Thank you for all that you do.
February 14, 2011
February 11, 2011
Progressive Caucus Members Show Effective Organizing with Some in Tea Party to Protect Liberty of US Citizens BURLINGTON, VT DFA Executive Director, Arshad Hasan:
Progressives know that Americans do not want to be spied on by the
government. Thats why the Congressional Progressive Caucus fought to
end these attacks on our liberty. The issue of liberty is one place
where some conservatives and progressives agree in Congress.
Hasan added, I am proud to see that under the leadership of Raul Grijalva and Keith Ellison
Progressive Caucus Members are building coalitions across party lines
to get the peoples business done. I hope that the Republican leadership
learns an important lesson here and starts working on issues that
voters really care about like creating more jobs. We look forward to
working with them on these and other issues we mutually agree on.
Hasan sent an email to Democracy for America members today asking them
to thank the Congressional Progressive Caucus for their work to end the
unconstitutional provisions of the Patriot Act. (Email text attached.)
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January 21, 2011
This is the full post from Gov. Dean that appeared last night on DailyKos: (To read the comments he added click here.)
I want to hear from you. What
do our shared values mean to you? What should be our priorities for the
coming year? How will we work together to move America forward in 2011?
Our movement is best when it's a conversation. You just heard from me
and I want to hear from you. Please take a moment to a let us know your
thoughts at DemocracyforAmerica.com
or join me right here on Daily Kos at 9PM for a live chat. I'll answer
questions and discuss with you what you care about most and your ideas
on how to move forward on our shared values.
The State of the Progressive Movement is strong. You are the reason
why we have come so far. I look forward to working with you in 2011 and
We've come a long way together over the years.
We've had many victories and our share of setbacks. The next few years
aren't going to be easy either. It's going to be a fight to stop
right-wing Republicans from rolling back progress and forcing gridlock
in Congress. We'll need to work harder than ever to accomplish real
change and reelect President Obama in 2012. But we've never been afraid
of hard work.
We've never sat back and hoped for change, we've always done what it
takes to make it happen.
Which is why, it's time to discuss the State of our Progressive
Movement. How we can move forward to unite our country for a better
future and take stock in how far we've come. We must decide together
where we go from here.
Before we talk about where we'll go, we must remember how we got here
today. When we decided to create Democracy for America in 2004, we were
inspired by the grassroots action and leadership empowered during our
Presidential campaign. We knew you wanted to keep the energy of our
movement going. We knew you had tapped into something bigger than a race
for an office.
You made me realize more than I already had on my own that we're in a
fight for the fate of our country. We were united in a belief of what
kind of country we wanted to be -- a country that valued strong
communities, security at home and abroad, and the liberty to be free to
live the lives we choose.
Yet, why haven't we been celebrating all the progress we have made to
create a more equal society with a stable economy and strong national
community? There is a reason why our nation got stuck in a rut of fear
About 30 years ago, right-wing conservatives started to organize with
the Christian Coalition, radio talk shows and other media and in the
absence of a better alternative, their messages emphasizing what divides
us was catching on. By spreading fear and by vilifying many of the key
accomplishments of the progressive era that led our country to be strong
and stable, they wanted to turn back the clock on progress that allowed
more Americans to get and keep their piece of the pie. And that meant
more for the elites at the top -- regardless of what they had to do to
The time had come to fight back against these right-wing attacks on
the fundamental values of our Democracy. We needed our own "Christian
Coalition" willing to reengage and reform our movement. That's why we
founded Democracy for America.
Together, we went to work going door to door in places Washington
insiders thought were forever lost to Democrats. We talked with people
about what we believe and we shared what we had in common. We were truly
all in this together and we needed each other to move forward as a
It worked and the first steps worked quickly. In 2006, we won back
Congress and 2 years after that won the Presidency. Those were great
victories and a testament to the strength of our values and your hard
work. But, today, we must recognize that our work has just begun. The
first steps toward change were not easy. There are forces who will stop
at nothing to retain their choke hold on power and wealth -- even if it
means perpetuating ridiculous lies like "death panels" or "a government
takeover of health care" or inciting people with fear and anger without
any regard for the potential consequences.
The truth is that our political victory came at a difficult time
economically. People are rightfully afraid for their economic future,
their job, their health, their family.
The question is still what kind of country do we want to live in?
Do we want to play to the worst impulses in human nature and separate
people from each other, scapegoating minority groups and dismantling
our community support systems?
We have a better answer.
We are all in this together and our American community can come
together and move forward toward a brighter future. This country works
when we work together and pull each other up.
We know what we believe.
We believe in community. We care about our neighbors and we help each
other. We can provide a bright future to our children with a quality
education AND we can provide a secure retirement free from poverty and
dependence for our grandparents. And we can accomplish it within a
reasonable budget so we don't leave a burden of debt on the next
generation. Democrats are responsible and balance budgets. Democrats
lift up the community and make sure that everyone has a chance for a
We believe in security. We will foster strong partnerships with other
nations to ensure the secure and safe prosperity for all in the future.
We will reduce our dependence on resources that make us vulnerable to
attack. We will use our American ingenuity to strengthen our own economy
and our environment. We won't start wars of choice and then perpetuate
them to keep the military contractors in business. We will fund schools
and investment in green jobs over funding bombers and missile defense
our military doesn't need or even want.
We believe in liberty. We respect every American's right to practice
their own religion and to live a life free from bigotry, abuse, and
harassment. We will fight discrimination and deliver on the promise of
equality for all Americans. We believe that no one, not multinational
corporations nor the government, has the right to your personal
information to keep tabs on you for profit or unwarranted policing.
We believe in community, security and liberty and we will never back
We will fight to live in a country that values those things we hold
dear. Whether we are fighting corporate greed or right-wing attacks, we
will stand up for what we believe.
So what does that mean for us in the next two years? That means that
we must fight for our values against Republican attempts to dismantle
any progress we have made. It will be our mission to make sure Americans
know the difference between our values and Republicans -- a choice
between strong communities, security and liberty - or Republican
division, greed, and fear.
President Obama said it best at the memorial service for those who
were tragically gunned down in Arizona, "As we discuss these issues, let
each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing
fingers or assigning blame, let's use this occasion to expand our moral
imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our
instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways that our
hopes and dreams are bound together."
I know we will fight even harder in 2011 than we did in 2008 to make
sure no Republican can turn back the clock on the advances weve made so
far. We will defeat those who stand against the advances we have yet to
make. We will not compromise our values in the name of political
expediency. We will always fight to move America forward against those
who are determined to force us back.
This is our time to recommit to our work for a better America.
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